Some of you might have noticed a sudden spurt of WhatsApp forwards and videos on YouTube claiming that Bajaj has launched the 'World's Cheapest Car, Rs 60,000' and that 'Online Booking Started Today Onwards'. Please be aware that these messages and videos were started by trolls and are being spread by unsuspecting (and irresponsible?) people.
The Bajaj Qute, earlier known as the RE60, is not on sale in India currently, and will not be on sale till some cases filed against its sale are dealt with in the Supreme Court of India.
The Bajaj Qute is a quadricycle, a new class of vehicles in India, which looks like a car but is not a car. These can be 3/3.7-metre long, weigh 450kg/550kg, carry four passengers (including the driver) or 500kg of cargo depending on the type of commercial application. Quadricycles also have a power limit of 20PS and a limited top speed of 70kmph.
The Qute began life as a collaboration between Bajaj Auto and Renault in the form of the Ultra Low Cost (ULC) car project back in 2008, which aimed to create a car that would cost around Rs 1 lakh. The project resulted in a concept car which was showcased at the 2008 Auto Expo, the photos of which... read more »